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VOTERS GUIDE-2015 Primary

2015 Primary

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VOTERS GUIDE

Before an election, find your polling place: http://www.northamptoncounty.org

ABOUT THE GUIDE The League of Women Voters in publishing this material neither endorses nor rejects the views of any candidate quoted, and does not assume responsibility for the contents of any candidate's reply.

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The League of Women Voters of the United States is a national, nonpartisan organization which works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in their government. It does not support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office, but encourages its members to participate as individuals in the party of their choice. After due study, it takes action on governmental issues without regard to the stand of any party.

Northampton County League phone number: 610-252-1339

This Guide was prepared for publication in The Morning Call newspaper.

Sources of Information

The information in the Guide is taken from questionnaires sent to candidates in contested races by the League of Women Voters. Each candidate's reply has been printed as submitted, except to use standard abbreviations and by editing from the end of the candidate's statement when the total reply exceeds the word limit.

This material may not be altered or reprinted without the permission of the League. It may be printed out and taken into the polling booth.

Note: in this Voters Guide the following convention is used:

Only candidates in contested races were asked to provide information.

Misspellings have not been corrected by the League of Women Voters.

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This guide does not list all positions on the ballot.

Ballot Order

Candidates appear in Ballot Order

Democrats are listed first in each race, as Pennsylvania currently has a Democratic governor. Where candidates are on both ballots, the Democratic ballot order is used.

Write-in Voting

You may write in the name of a candidate who is not on the ballot for any position on the ballot. To do so, type in the name of your candidate on the page that has the names of candidates who are on the official ballot for that race. The prompts are easy to understand.

Who may vote

The Primary Election is a "Party Primary" and only voters registered in a party may vote for candidates in that party in the Primary Election. All registered voters may vote for any question on the ballot. In November, all registered voters may vote for candidates of any party and for any ballot questions.

Voting by Absentee Ballot

If you are unable to go to the polls in person, you may vote by absentee ballot. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. The deadline for the ballot to be received by the Voter Registration Office is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15. To apply by mail, each absentee voter must complete the form (available at government offices or on the County Voter Registration web site) and mail it to your County Voter Registration Office. You will receive an absentee ballot for your polling place.

ALLOW AT LEAST TEN DAYS for all steps to be completed, unless you apply in person. If you are a newly registered voter, or if you have moved to a new address and polling place, you must send a photocopy of some form of identification with your application for an absentee ballot.

Unless you mail your completed absentee ballot to the voter registration office, you MUST bring it in person to the office.

Lehigh County Voter Registration Office: 610-782-3194

Lehigh County Government Center, 17 South Seventh St., Allentown, PA 18101-2401

N.C.Voter Registration Office 610-559-3055

N.C.Election Office 670 Wolf Ave.Easton PA 18042-4343

"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." -- George Jean Nathan

LWV-NC League phone number is: 610-252-1339

State Judges of the Commonwealth

Judicial elections occur in odd-numbered ears. Justices and judges may serve an unlimited number of terms until they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 and are retained or re-elected by the voters. Vacancies that exist before an election may be filed by gubernatorial appointment until an election is held. These selections are subject to Senate confirmation. 10 Year Term Appellate court jurists Courts of Common Pleas judges 6 Year Term Magisterial district judges Philadelphia Municipal Courts judges
  • CERTIFICATION NOTE*

As of the publication date of this guide, the slate of candidates listed below is accurate based upon the Pennsylvania Department of State's Bureau of Elections unofficial ballot.

JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT JOB DESCRIPTION The Supreme Court is the highest court in the Commonwealth and the oldest appellate court in the nation. The Supreme Court's administrative powers and jurisdictional responsibilities are vested with the seven-member court by the Pennsylvania State Constitution and a collection of statutes known as the Judicial Code. Administratively, the courts within the Unified Judicial System are largely responsible for organizing their own staff and dockets; however, the Supreme Court has several committees and boards responsible for writing and enforcing rules for judges, attorneys, and litigants to ensure an efficient and fair judicial review. Annually, the seven justices receive over 3,000 requests for appellate review. Term: 10 years--Salary $203,409.

State-wide judicial candidates were asked the following question:" 1. Do you agree with the plurality opinion's interpretation of Article 1, section 27 of the state constitution as stated in the Robinson Township case of December 2013? If not, why not?

2. Do you agree that the plain English language meaning of the amendment should be the basis for construing it?"

Vote for not more than 3

Democratic
David Wecht--Pittsburgh, PA Indiana Township Web Address: http://www.wecht2015.com D.O.B.: 5/20/1962 Education: 1984, Yale University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; 1987 Yale Law School, J.D. Occupation: Judge, Pennsylvania Superior Court (elected January 2011) Qualifications: Judge, Allegheny Common Pleas (2003-2011) Family Division Administrator; Allegheny Register of Wills (1998-2003); Vice Chair, Pennsylvania Democratic Party (1998-2001); "Highly Recommended," Pennsylvania Bar Association Answer to Questions: I believe that laws are neither static, nor talismanic. While a reasonable jurist must read the text of the amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution plainly and with common sense, I believe that laws, and more specifically judicial interpretation of those laws, must be allowed to evolve within our common law system.

Christine Donohue, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. Web Address: http://donohueforjustice.com D.O.B.: 12.24.1952 Education: 1974, East Stroudsburg University, B.A.; 1980, Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. Occupation: Superior Court Judge Qualifications: 27 years practicing law; Superior Court Judge, 2008-present; Highly recommended, Pennsylvania Bar Association. Served Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline, Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania, Lawyer Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners. Answer to Questions: In my opinion the Robinson Township plurality's discussion of the Environmental Rights Amendment is well-researched and based upon a convincing recitation of the historical basis for its passage. Because the analysis is the basis of a three justice plurality decision and the author and one of the joining justices are no longer on the court on which I hope to serve, it would be improper for me to express my agreement or disagreement with the analysis. This is by definition an open question of the law which is likely to again be presented to the Supreme Court. Question 2: For the reasons stated in my first answer, I do not believe that I can respond to this question. I note, however that it is well established in the law that the "touchstone" of constitutional interpretation is the actual language of the constitution and it must be interpreted in its popular sense. As the Robinson Township plurality opinion explains, the ultimate goal of constitutional interpretation is to determine the intent of the voters who ratified the constitutional provision.

Kevin M. Dougherty, Newtown, Philadelphia, PA Web Address: http://kevindoughertyforpa.com D.O.B.: 5/19/1963 Education: 1985, Temple University, B.A.;1987, Antioch School of Law, J.D. Occupation: Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Trial Division Qualifications: Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia (6 years); Partner, Marino & Dougherty LLP (6 years); Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Please (13 years); Administrative Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Division (9 years). Answer to Questions: I agree with the plurality opinion's interpretation of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. I agree with the determination that this legal dispute, in essence, sought vindication of the citizens' rights to the quality of life on their properties and in their communities, and that insofar as the broadly granted zoning rights to the oil and gas industry attendant to Act 13 threatened the quality of air and water, as well as the health and safety of citizens and the quiet enjoyment of their own private property, the challenged sections of the Act violated the Environmental Rights Amendment. Question 2: Yes, the plurality opinion makes clear that the Court employed the plain language of the Amendment as the basis for construing its provisions. The plurality correctly determined that the Amendment granted individual citizens the environmental rights to clean air and pure water, and to the preservation of natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. The plurality properly held that the people, including generations to come, hold common ownership of public natural resources, which the state holds in trust. The plurality properly reviewed the legislative history to conclude that the Amendment's provisions were intended to be broadly applicable.

John Henry Foradora, Brockway, PA Jefferson Co. Web Address: http://www.voteforadora.com D.O.B.: 5/27/1966 Education: 1988,Juniata College, B.A. History/Political Science; 1991, University of Notre Dame Law School J.D. Occupation: President Judge of Jefferson Court of Common Pleas Qualifications: 1991-1992, Law Clerk; 1992-2002, General Practice; 1992-2002, Trial Attorney; 1992-2002, Municipal Solicitor; 2002-present, President Judge, Officer in the State Conference of trial Judges elected by all Judges in PA. Answer to Questions: Yes. Question 2: Yes

Anne E. Lazarus, Philadelphia, PA-Philadelphia Borough Web Address: http://www.VoteAnneLazarus.com D.O.B.: 11/12/1952 Education: 1972, SUNY Stony Brook, B.A.; 1976, Temple University, Beasley Law School of Law, J.D.; 1986, Temple University, Beasley School of Law, LLM Occupation: Superior Court Judge Qualifications: Pennsylvania Judge; Trial-19 years; Superior Court-5 years; Highest Recommendation, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. 2--year expertise in Judicial Ethics. Answer to Questions: I believe that all of the petitioners have standing and that a political question was not presented. I think that the concurring opinion of Justice Baer, in deciding this matter on a substantive due process basis is more in keeping with my judicial philosophy and that it was not necessary for the majority to sweep with so broad a brush. Nevertheless, this plurality opinion certainly puts Pennsylvania at the forefront of the environmental law spectrum and will have significant implications for many years to come. It will require lawyers, municipalities and legislators to reconsider positions re: Article 1 Section 27, in the light of the pronouncements by the plurality. Question 2: I agree that interpretation of amendment begins with the plain meaning of the amendment. Like so many other constructions in law, if we can give meaning to the wording as written, we should not look to outside sources for interpretation. Only if we were to determine that the amendment is ambiguous, would we look to outside sources for clarification. This is hornbook law.

Dwayne D. Woodruff, Pittsburgh, PA-McCandless Web Address: http://www.judgewaynewoodruff.com D.O.B.: 2/18/1957 Education: 1979, University of Louisville, B.S. Finance; 1988, Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. Occupation: Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Qualifications: Pennsylvania Judicial Leader for 10 years--Co-Chair, Allegheny County Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice; Member Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice; Member National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Vice Chair, Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee; Chair, Pittsburgh SAFE (Shared Accountability for Education) Workgroup; Member, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission; Co-Chair, National Campaign to Stop Violence. Answer to Questions: Yes, the Commonwealth includes the local municipalities. The local municipalities have not only the authority, but the responsibility to conserve and protect their region "for the benefit of all the people." The local governments have the authority to regulate, not only because they are granted that authority in the Pennsylvania Constitution, but because as a policy concern, the local municipalities are the entities best equipped to make decisions regarding their own local environment and factors that might affect their land and air quality. Question 2: Yes, absolutely. See response above.

Republican
Correale Stevens, Conyngham, PA-Dorrance Twp. Web Address: http://www.facebook.com/justicestevensforsupremecourt D.O.B.: 10/06/1946 Education: 1968, Penn State, B.A. Political Science; 1972, Dickinson School of Law, J.D. (Law Review) Occupation: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Qualifications: Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Luzerne County District Attorney; Trial Judge on Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County; Superior Court Judge, 15 years (President Judge 2 years), Supreme Court Justice 2013 until current year. Answer to Questions: This case was argued in the Supreme Court before I became a Justice and decided without my participation. Based on the fact that I would be offering my personal thought on a decision made by my current colleagues, without having read the legal briefs or hearing the oral argument, I cannot comment. Since the Constitutional Convention in 1968 no member of the Supreme Court has ever been in my situation in that as a current Judge I am running in contested election, not for yes/no retention, and I must be careful not to engage the Court in my campaign. Question 2: As a general rule I support plain English interpretations. Please see my answer to Question 1.

Anne Covey, New Hope, PA--Upper Makefield Web Address: http://www.coveyforjustice.com D.O.B. 11/04/1059 Education: 1984, Widener University School of Law, J.D.; 1981, University of Delaware, B.A. Occupation: Judge of the Commonwealth Court Qualifications: Judge of the Commonwealth Court, 3 years; Board Member, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (first woman to serve on the board), 9 years; Attorney in private practice, 27 years. Answer to Questions: Judges should follow the Pennsylvania and United States Constitutions faithfully. The legislative and executive branches enact the laws and judges interpret those laws. I believe we must strike a balance between local control and uniform policy across the state. We must also work for a healthy environment while allowing for investment and job creation. Developing the policies to achieve these aims is the responsibility of the legislative and executive branch, not the judiciary. Second question: I believe in interpreting the law as written and ensuring all amendments are consistent with our fundamental Constitutional rights.

Rebecca Warren, Danville, PA--Valley Township Web Address: Facebook: Rebecca Warren for Supreme Court Justice D.O.B.: 11/26/1966 Education: 1991, Dickinson School of Law, J.D.; 1988, Bloomsburg University, B.S. Occupation: Montour County District Attorney Qualifications: 24 years as an attorney-both civil and criminal prosecution experience; 7+ years, District Attorney/Assistant District Attorney Answer to Questions: As a judicial candidate, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to comment on this case, particularly considering the fact that this was a plurality rather than a majority decision, the Supreme Court remanded the case for further consideration, and similar issues are being addressed in various forums. Question 2: This question requires a judicial candidate to render a decision with regard to Article 1, Section 27 in the context of this case, which I believe is prohibited by the ethical rules. A judge is to be independent, impartial, and avoid actions which would lead to disqualification.

Mike George, Gettysburg, PA--Cumberland Township Web Address: http://www.judgemikegeorge.com D.O.B.: 2/25/1959 Education: 1981, Washington & Jefferson, B.A.; 1985, Dickinson School of Law, J.D. Occupation: President Judge, 51st Judicial District Court of Common Pleas (Adams County) Qualifications: 10 years general practice; 6 years District Attorney; 15+ years as trial judge; Recognized by the PA Conference of State Trial Judges for significant contribution to the legal system. Answer to Questions: As my interpretation of Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution based upon the factual scenario present in the Robinson Township case involves issues which may, in the future, be revisited by the Supreme Court, I believe I am ethically prohibited from direct comment on your specific question. Personally, I am concerned with the language in the plurality opinion's interpretation which improperly elevates the Court to a legislative and policy making body. Question 2: The amendment should be interpreted based upon its actual language as understood by those at the time of adoption.

Cheryl Allen, Allison Park, Hampton Township No response

Judy Olson, Wexford, PA--Franklin Park Web Address: http://electjudgejudy.com D.O.B.: 10/1957 Education: 1979, St. Francis University, B.A. Magna Cum Laude; 1982, Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. (Class Rank-2/91) Occupation: Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania Qualifications: Judge of Superior Court, 5 years; Judge of Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, 1 year; Practicing Attorney, 26 years; Highly Recommended by Pennsylvania Bar Association . Answer to Questions: As a sitting judge, I do not believe that it is appropriate for me to comment on whether I agree or disagree with a decision rendered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, especially since there may be future litigation involving the Act at issue. Question 2: I believe that a judge must always strictly construe the plain language of constitutional amendments and statutes in interpreting the law.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
JOB DESCRIPTION The Superior Court is one of Pennsylvania's two statewide intermediate appellate courts. This court, which was established in 1895, reviews most of the civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the Courts of Common Pleas in the Commonwealth's 67 counties. The Superior Court consists of 15 judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge of Superior Court is elected to a five-year term by his or her colleagues. A huge volume of appeals flow to Superior Court from the trial courts. Generally, appeals are heard by panels of three judges sitting in Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh. The court often is the final arbiter of legal disputes. Although the Supreme Court may grant a petition for review of a Superior Court decision, most such petitions are denied and the ruling of the Superior Court stands. Term: 10 years--Salary: $191,926

(Vote for 1)

Democratic
Alice Beck Dubow, Philadelphia, PA--Philadelphia Web Address: http://www.judgealicedubow.com D.O.B.: 3/25/1959 Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.S.1981; University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D. 1984 Occupation: Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County Qualifications: Trial Court Judge, 8 years; Lawyer, 2 years Answer to Questions: The Code of Judicial Ethics prohibits me from expressing a view that would indicate how I would rule on a case and unfortunately, a specific answer to that question would require me to make such a statement.

Robert Colville, Pittsburgh, PA--Ross Township Campaign Website: http://www.judgecolvilleforsuperiorcourt.com D.O.B: 8/3/65 Education: 1989, PSU, B.S; 1992, Duquesne, J.D. Occupation: Judge Qualifications: Only Candidate Highly Recommended by PA Bar; Endorsed by PA AFL-CIO; 16th year Trial Judge; 3 years Statewide Court of Judicial Discipline; 7 years President/Officer PA State Trial Judges; 4 years Ethics Committee; 7 years Juvenile Court Rules Committee; PA Supreme Court Law Clerk; Lawyer. Answer to Question: I agree with the plurality decision as I understand it. (This reservation is of no small moment. As intimated in the Opinion, it remains to be seen how broadly, and in what specific factual contexts the holding will be applied over time). I agree that as a general proposition, in the absence of indications to the contrary, constitutional and legislative language should be afforded its plain meaning, in order to carry out the collective will of the people. The constitutional language of Article I, Section 27 plainly creates a trust protecting the environment for the benefit of future Pennsylvanians.

Republican
Emil Giordano, Bethlehem, PA--Hanover Township Web Address: http://www.emilgiordanoforjudge.com D.O.B.: 11/08/1959 Education: 1982 Moravian College, B.A.; 1985 Villanova University School of Law, J.D. Occupation: Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County Qualifications: Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 2003-present Answer to Questions: I do not believe it is appropriate to answer this question.

JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT JOB DESCRIPTION The Commonwealth Court is one of Pennsylvania's two statewide intermediate appellate courts. This court, which was established in 1968, is unlike any other state court in the nation. Its jurisdiction generally is limited to legal matters involving state and local government and regulatory agencies. Litigation typically focuses on such subjects as banking, insurance and utility regulation and laws affecting taxation, land use, elections, labor practices and workers compensation. Commonwealth Court also acts as a court of original jurisdiction, or a trial court, when lawsuits are filed by or against the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Court is made up of nine judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge is chosen by his or her colleagues for a five-year term. The court generally decides cases in three-judge panels and sits in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. Term: 10 years--Salary $191,926

(Vote for 1)

Democratic
Todd Eagen, Dunmore, PA--Dunmore Township Web Address: http://toddeagen.com D.O.B.: 9/31/1967 Education: 1996, Dickinson School of Law, J.D.; 1990, Point Park University B.A. Occupation: Attorney Qualifications: 1996-1997, Law Clerk, Federal Judge William J. Nealon; 1997-2004, Associate Attorney, Robert D. Miriani, P.C.; 2004 to present, Partner, Lightman, Welby & Stoltenberg, LLC, represent Pennsylvania State Troopers Association and Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association and various other unions. Answer to Questions: Yes. As the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held, Article I, Section 27 does not serve merely as a source of authority to justify legislative action, but affirmatively creates "an obligation on the government's behalf to refrain from unduly infringing upon or violating the (environmental) right(s) including by legislative enactment or executive action." Question 2: Yes, Constitutional interpretation, as the plurality wrote, must begin with the plain language of Article I, Section 27 itself. When the words of the Constitution or legislation are clear, they must be applied because the intention of the drafters should not be denied.

Michael Wojcik, Pittsburgh, PA--Fox Chapel Borough Web Address: http://www.wojcikorjudge.com D.O.B.: 9/24/1964 Education: 1986, Juniata College; 1989, Pitt Law School, cum laude Occupation: Senior Counsel, Clark Hill PLC Qualifications: Municipal practice; Member, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Vols. 49 and 50; Solicitorships: Allegheny County Controller (2000-2003); Allegheny County Airport Authority ( 2012-present); Bar Ratings: "Recommended" (PBA); "Highly Recommended" (ACBA). Answer to Questions: Ethical rules prohibit judicial candidates from expressing an opinion on matters that could come before the candidate, if successful. Because Robinson Township is plurality opinion, it is particularly concerning as its precedential value is dubious. I can comment, however that Robinson Township sets out "foundational principles" concerning Article 1, Section 27 that Commonwealth Court is bound to consider in the future. Question 2: Yes, unless the result of applying the plain meaning would be cruel or absurd.

Republican
Paul Lalley, Pittsburgh, PA--Upper St. Clair Twp. Campaign Website: http://www.lalley4judge.com D.O.B.: 9/22/1970 EDUCATION: 1993; B.A. University of Pennsylvania; 1996 Dickinson School of Law of the PA State University, J.D. OCCUPATION: Senior Associate Attorney-Campbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller, P.C. Pittsburgh, PA QUALIFICATIONS: District Attorney, 8 years; awarded for leadership by PA Bar Association--Recommended rating; Allegheny County Bar Association--Highly Recommended Rating.

Answer to Question: I must decline to answer these questions because to do so would violate my duties under the Code of Judicial Conduct

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

COURT OF THE COMMON PLEAS Except where an exclusive original jurisdiction is vested in another court, the Courts of Common Pleas have unlimited original jurisdiction of all civil and criminal actions and proceedings.

Candidates were asked:
" What are the most pressing reforms needed in the judicial system?
"How will you work to achieve these reforms?

Term: 10 years Salary: $177.342 Vote for one

Democrat/Republican Cross filed

SAMUEL P. MURRAY http://www.murray4judge.org D.O.B.: 1959 EDUCATION: 1980, Moravian College, B.A.; 1983, Seton Hall University-Law School, J.D. OCCUPATION: Attorney at Law + Self Employed; also Adjunct Professor, Moravian College QUALIFICATIONS: Public Defender, 6 years; Conflicts Counsel, 4 years; Custody Master, 6 years; Judicial Hearing Officer/Master, Juvenile Court, 10 years; General and Litigation Law Practice, 12 years. RESPONSE: Northampton County is fortunate to have the hardest working Judges in the Commonwealth. However, population growth has resulted in more cases being filed. To efficiently deal with this increase, the civil and criminal clerk offices as well as departments serving the courts must be fully staffed. The current county administration has not met this challenge. It is vital that the administration work with the Court to ensure that proper levels of support staff are provided.

VICTOR SCOMILLIO http://www.scomillioforjudgr.com D.O.B.: 1972 EDUCATION: 1994, Geneseo, B.A.; 1997, Dickinson School of Law/PSU, J.D. OCCUPATION: Attorney QUALIFICATIONS: 2 years judicial law clerk; 15+ years private practice: extensive trial/litigation experience (Civil, Criminal, Orphans, Juvenile and Family Courts); Previously certified as Death Penalty qualified attorney; Significant Appellate experience; County Solicitor; President, 2012 Northampton County Bar Association. RESPONSE: Our court started implementing mental health and drug courts. Problem-solving courts require intense supervision of candidates. I will work hard to ensure our courts and its services are available and will look to add specific services to our troubled veterans. I will help ensure success of these programs, as they are critical to our County. Equal access to our courts is always a pressing concern, and the courts must be open to all.

ABE KASSIS Facebook.com/KassisForJudge D.O.B.: 1967 EDUCATION: 1989, Hofstra University, B.A.; 1993, Northern Illinois University, J.D. OCCUPATION: Assistant District Attorney since 1999; Civil Attorney since 1993. QUALIFICATIONS: Prosecuted over a thousand cases; Numerous civil matters over 22 years; President Northampton County Bar Association (2015); Service Appreciation Award + F.A.C.E.S. (2015); Board of Trustees, St. Francis Retreat. RESPONSE: Our Court's legacy of fairness and efficiency continues as it launches the new mental health and drug courts. Involved as a prosecutor and President of our Bar, I am excited to continue this effort as Judge. I have prosecuted over a thousand cases and represented hundreds of clients in civil matters. I know how important it is and will assure that all get their day in court to resolve their concerns, fairly and efficiently.

COUNTY Officials/ Council Candidates

The following was asked of all county and municipal candidates: STATE YOUR EDUCATION, OCCUPATION, QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB,
and answer the question "WHAT DO YOU VIEW AS THE MAJOR ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS IT"?

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat JOHN M. MORGANELLI

Republican No candidate

COUNTY CONTROLLER Term: Four years Vote for one

Democrat STEPHEN J. BARRON, Jr.

Republican No candidate

COUNTY COUNCIL

District I
(Bethlehem City,Freemansburg Borough,Hellertown,Hanover)

Democrat KEN KRAFT

Republican No candidate

District II City of Easton, Boroughs of Glendon, Stockertown, Tatamy, West Easton and Wilson.Townships of Forks, Palmer.

Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat ROBERT F. WERNER

Republican no candidate

District III Boroughs of Nazareth, Northampton and North Catasaqua; Townships of Allen, East Allen, Lower Nazareth and Lower Saucon and Williams.

Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat LORI VARGO HEFFNER

Republican

JOHN CUSICK http://www.johncusick.org D.O.B: 1966 EDUCATION: Lehigh University B.A. Math and History; East Stoudsburg University., M. Ed., Secondary Education; Academy for County Government certification. OCCUPATION: Math Teacher QUALIFICATIONS: Northampton County Council, 8 years; Council president, chaired Finance, Personnel and Open Space Committees; Liaison to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Farmland Preservation Board, Tourism Bureau and LVDEC; Williams Township Supervisor, Auditor Boards. RESPONSE: While providing high quality care and operating efficiently at near capacity, the county nursing home continues to run significant financial deficit requiring ever increasing subsidies from local property taxes. The county contribution and budget shortfalls can be eliminated by transforming the organizational management structure at Gracedale to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that will generate higher reimbursement revenues and reduce the existing cost structure while maintaining county ownership and preserving the mission of the facility.

MICKEY K. THOMPSON D.O.B.: 1973 EDUCATION: North East High School, 1991; B.A., Moravian College, cum laude 1995 (Political Science and History); J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1999 OCCUPATION: Attorney and CEO QUALIFICATIONS: Solicitor, ZHB of Bethlehem, 15 years; Solicitor, Freemansburg Authority, 2 years; NYAA Councilman, 4 years; BSA Troop318, Assistant Scoutmaster, 2 years. RESPONSE: The biggest issue that Northampton County must deal with is the spiraling cost of government. Council must look to trim or eliminate costs of needless programs like open space that only serve a few property owners. Council must implement policies to bring Gracedale to profitability instead of a black hole. Council must also make the administration accountable by providing the necessary and correct information needed to make the right decisions for taxpayers.

DISTRICT 1V Boroughs of Bangor, Bath, Chapman, East Bangor, Pen Argyl, Portland, Roseto, Walnutport and Wind Gap; Townships of Bushkill, Lehigh, Lower Mt. Bethel, Plainfield, Upper Mt. Bethel, Upper Nazareth and Washington.

Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat SCOTT PARSONS

Republican LORIN B. BRADLEY (Facebook)/Lorin Bradley for Northampton County Council D.O.B.: 1964 EDUCATION: Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University.; Master of Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University.; B.A. (with honors), Saginaw Valley State University., Saginaw Michigan. OCCUPATION: Labor Relations/Human Resources Leader QUALIFICATIONS: Board President, Nazareth Area School District - 5 years/8 years total service; Extensive professional experience positively resolving complex issues. RESPONSE: 1) Improve County fiscal responsibility; 2) maintain and expand Open Space and Farmland preservation programs; 3) Adopt policies that enable the county to attract new business/jobs as a way to grow our economy and tax base; 4) Review and revise County hiring practices: a. Expedite hiring process for vacant positions; b. Properly align and pay positions to be competitive to attract top talent.

MATTHEW DIETZ http://www.electmatthewdietz.com D.O.B.: 1977 EDUCATION: Pen Argyl High School 1995 Lehigh Carbon Community College 1998 OCCUPATION: Chief Pilot LR Services, Inc. QUALIFICATIONS: Small business owner, 3 years Wind Gap Park Board Member, business management with regular government interface. RESPONSE: Fiscal responsibility is the main focus in order to improve county government efficiency, while providing quality services and reducing tax payer obligations. I have the political courage to enact Gracedale's management suggestions so we can direct our resources to providing care for our seniors. We need to itemize Gracedale on the budget and make it a nonprofit so we can open up income options and see its true financial status to allow a honest debate on its cost and it's true impact on the county budget so we can resolve its current situation.

Magisterial District Courts

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGES

The District Justice is the Court of the first instance. It is a small claims court which has jurisdiction up to $8,000 and handles all criminal and traffic cases that arise in the district. They preside over arraignments and can fix and accept bail on criminal cases not involving murder or voluntary manslaughter. The following was asked of magisterial candidates: "What three suggestions do you have to improve court proceedings and efficiency?"

Term: 6 year Salary: $88,290 Vote for one

District 03-2-01 Democrat/Republican Cross-filed Vote for one

ROY MANWARING http://www.re-electmsnwaring.com D.O.B.: 1963 EDUCATION: Germantown Academy, Ft. Washington, PA, 1982; Lehigh University, B.A., 1986; Ohio Northern University, College of Law, 1989. OCCUPATION: Magisterial District Judge, D.C. 03-2-01, Bethlehem, PA 2010-present. QUALIFICATIONS: Attorney (private practice), Lehigh Valley, 1991-2010; Assistant D.A. (part-time) Northampton County, 2001-2009; Bethlehem city resident for over twenty (20) years. RESPONSE: 1) Expedite the process by which an indigent defendant applies for and receives a public defender. The current system is inefficient which results in unnecessary delays and continuances. 2) Limit the number of continuances granted. At D.C. 03-2-01, I personally review all requests for continuance as to their validity and necessity. 3) Permit District Courts to accept guilty pleas to lower level criminal offences rather than simply transferring these cases to the Court of Common Pleas.

PAUL J. BENDER No response

District 03-2-03 Democrat/Republican Cross-filed Vote for one

WILLIAM BLAKE D.O.B.: 1969 EDUCATION: B.A. University of Massachusetts, 1991; J.D. Boston College Law School, 1995. OCCUPATION: Assistant District Attorney, Northampton County District Attorney's Office; Adjunct Professor, Raritan Valley Community College (part-time/evenings) QUALIFICATIONS: Assistant District Attorney, 15 years; 10 years Chief Prosecutor DUI/Vehicular Homicide Unit; 2 years Chief Prosecutor Grand Jury/Major Crimes Unit RESPONSE: 1) We need to have a full-time judge who is dedicated to be available to the public, and is supported by a well-trained professional staff. 2) It is important that everyone appearing in court is given a full and fair opportunity to be heard, and that people are treated with courtesy and respect. 3) Our courtrooms need to be modernized so that everyone has equal access to technology that will assist them in presenting their cases.

BRYAN ALTIERI (Facebook) BryanAlterieriforDistrictJudge D.O.B.: 1977 EDUCATION: Voorhees High, 1966; BA Sociology-Criminal Justice, Moravian College, 2000; Masters, Widener University OCCUPATION: Political Consultant and disabled "Justice is Blind and so am I." QUALIFICATIONS: 16 years of campaign field organizing, management, and volunteering. I will be firm, fair, and consistant. I am hardworking, possess integrity, and dedication to the law. RESPONSE: 1) Litigants and attorneys must be assured that fundamental fairness and the integrity of the judicial process is maintained. Equal access for all parties to the court system will be provided. 2) I will provide the essential leadership and direction for my court to operate in an optimum timely manner. 3) I will support the use of Judicial Automation with the assistant of speech adaptive technology for faster electronic communications, filing, and record keeping.

PATRICIA C. BROSCIUS http://www.facebook.com/BrosciusforMDJ homepage_panel D.O.B.: 1955 EDUCATION: Notre Dame High School, 1973; Northampton Community College, 1982; DeSales University, 1987; Widener University, School of Law, 1990. OCCUPATION: Chief Prosecutor, Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Unit QUALIFICATIONS: Career prosecutor, 1990-present (25 years); Recipient of Northampton Community College Professional Achievement Award, 2006; mother of three children now grown. RESPONSE: To improve proceedings and efficiency I will implement the following: First, I will personally be available to execute the duties of District Judge by ensuring punctual proceedings on a daily basis and eliminating undue postponements. Secondly, I will make sure my staff is properly trained in using the current technology and software required by the state to process court proceedings; Lastly I will re-structure the security policies to better protect the community, witnesses, and victims.

SANDRA L. McClure D.O.B.: EDUCATION: University f Pittsburg at Johnstown B.S. 1989; Widener School of Law, J.D., 1994. OCCUPATION: Assistant District Attorney QUALIFICATIONS: Assistant District Attorney (14 yrs.); 20 years of civil litigation experience handling cases on behalf of doctors, hospitals, companies, local governments and authorities. RESPONSE: Magisterial District Judges handle both civil and criminal cases. First, and foremost, the judge should have both extensive criminal and civil law experience. Second, the judge must protect the rights of all citizens that come before them. Finally, the judge must be fair.

ANDREW TUPONE
http://www.ElectAndrewTupone.com D.O.B.: EDUCATION: Graduate of Freedom High School, Community Service Award; Northampton Community College, A.A. Business Administration, S.D. Accounting, S.D. EMT, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society OCCUPATION: Law Enforcement Officer, 911 Dispatcher, and EMT QUALIFICATIONS: Successfully prosecuted criminal cases in front of numerous Magisterial District Courts in multiple counties; Proven leadership ability; Impartial; Integrity RESPONSE: In order to improve court proceedings and efficiency the court system should utilize technology even more than they already use today. This can be accomplished by implementing electronic forms of communication instead of physical mail and fax. An example would be the ability to file paperwork and to notify plaintiffs, witnesses and defendants electronically as to upcoming hearings and court actions, while still keeping systems in place for people without access to technology.

District 03-2-04

Democrat/Republican Cross-filed Vote for one

AMANDA KURECIAN http://www.ElectAmanda.com D.O.B.: 1986 EDUCATION: St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School, 2000; Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2004; B.A. Lehigh University, 2008; J.D., cum laude Drexel University, 2011. OCCUPATION: family law attorney at The Law Office of Amanda L. Kurecian QUALIFICATIONS: Pennsylvania licensed attorney RESPONSE: First, there should be an online filing system. This would save attorneys time, which in turn would save clients money. Similarly there should be an online docket system so the public can have access to their files at all times. This would allow pro se parties to come to court better prepared. Lastly, the Northampton County Bar should have a mandatory pro bono requirement so all members of the public could have access to quality legal services.

DAVID A. REPYNECK http://www.DavidRepyneckForDistrictMagistrate.com D.O.B.: 1968 EDUCATION: Graduate Saucon Valley Sr. High School 1986; BA Criminal Justice DeSales University, 1991; MA Criminal Justice DeSales University, 2009. OCCUPATION: Retired from PA Army National Guard QUALIFICATIONS: Probation Officer, Lehigh County, 10 years; Berks County Youth Services, 1 year; KidsPeace Theropeutic Staff Support, 13 years; PA Army National Guard, 28 years; Landlord, 11 years. RESPONSE: 1) Hold the judges accountable. Ensure hearings are scheduled and conducted timely. Limit continuances. Ensure judges make decisions in a timely manner to reduce backlogs. 2) Expand the use of technology to save time, money, and reduce the backlog of cases. Reduced backlog will improve the processing of new cases. 3) Hold attorneys accountable. Limit continuances, hold them accountable for their responsibilities, and hold them accountable for being on time so the backlogs do not increase.

DAVID TIDD http://www.Re-electDavidTidd.com D.O.B.: 1969 EDUCATION: Devon Preparatory School, 1987; Villanova University, B.S. Political Science, 1977, Summa Cum Laude; Temple University, School of Law, 2001, top 25% of class. OCCUPATION: Magisterial District Judge QUALIFICATIONS: Magisterial District Judge 6 years; Licensed Attorney, 15 years; Practice included criminal, family, civil litigation plus bankruptcy; Certified by Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. RESPONSE: 1) The allowance of payment of costs, fines and filing fees by credit and/or debit card. Many have little cash on hand, but do have access to credit; 2) Security upgrades for the district courts to include full-time security personnel; 3) The return of community services in lieu of costs and fines, especially for young and first time offenders.

District 03-2-09 Democrat/Republican Cross-filed

JACKIE TASCHNER

District 03-2-10 Democrat/Republican Cross- filed

NANCY MATOS GONZALEZ D.O.B.: 1966 EDUCATION: Liberty High School, 1983; DeSales University, 1987, B.A.; Certification-Minor Judiciary Board, 1991; Boston University, 2015, M.A. OCCUPATION: Magisterial Judge QUALIFICATIONS: Magisterial District Judge since 1991; Repeated perfect audits with court standards and procedures; Previously Northampton County MDJ's Associate President; Outstanding Public Service Award, YMCA; Public Service Award, CSSOLV; Education Award, ACLV. RESPONSE: 1) To improve a crime victim's experience by adopting procedural practices such as: Waiting areas separate from the accused; opportunity to conference with prosecutors prior to the commencement of hearings; the opportunity to be heard on proposed plea agreements. 2) I believe it is essential to maximize court resources. A scheduled rotation of assigned criminal days for District Court's with District Attorney and public Defender staff would expedite court mattes. 3) I am a proponent of specialized courts which arguably produce improvements in recidivism rates.

District 03-3-01 Democrat/Republican Vote for one

ROBERT A. HAWKE

Cities

All candidates were asked "WHAT DO YOU VIEW AS THE MAJOR ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS IT?"

CITY OF BETHLEHEM CONTROLLER Term: 2 years Vote for one

Democrat GEORGE YASSO

Republican No candidate

TREASURER Term: 4 years Votr for one

Democrat Kaija L. Farber

Republican No candidate

CITY COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than three

J.WILLIAM REYNOLDS http://www.jwilliamreynolds.org D.O.B.: 1981 EDUCATION: Liberty High School, 1999; B.A. Moravian College, 2003. OCCUPATION: Teacher, Allen High School, 9th grade history. QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem City Council, 8 years; Council President, 1 year. RESPONSE: This election comes at a critical moment for our community. While Easton and Allentown have seen growth and advancement over the past few years, progress in Bethlehem has started to stagnate. We cannot afford to fall behind. Our community is blessed with the right tools for success, but the tools must be used correctly. We need strong leadership and a commitment to smart, aggressive progress to ensure our future success as a city.

SHAWN MARTELL http://www.ShawnMartell.com D.O.B.: 1985 EDUCATION: East Stroudsburg University, Political Science Graduate Studies; Moravian College, Historical Studies B.A.; Bethlehem Catholic OCCUPATION: Economics and American Government Teacher + Nazareth Area High School QUALIFICATIONS: Senior Citizen Assistant, PA Department of Revenue; Aide, State Representative Joseph Brennan's Office; Site Supervisor, Bethlehem Boys and Girls Club; Recreational Support, KidsPeace; Volunteer, Bethlehem Food Co-Op RESPONSE: The right candidate for Bethlehem understands the city's history and unparalleled qualities, and knows how to protect these while promoting smart progress and growth. If elected, I will honor this principle by ensuring our first responders and public works employees have needed support, by encouraging smart urban infill and development whereby fostering competitive jobs, and by respecting our seniors through working for tax relief. This approach guarantees a strong future built upon a proud history.

MICHAEL D. RECCHIUTI http://www.mikeforcouncil.com D.O.B.: 1976 EDUCATION: Juris Doctor, Western New England University of Law, 2003; B.A., Penn State University, 1995; Graduate of Freedom High School, 1996. OCCUPATION: Attorney, Law Offices of Michael D. Recchiuti, LLC QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem City Councilman, 2012-current; Vice-President of Council 2015-present; Chairman of Finance Committee 2014-current; Bethlehem Parking Authority, Board of Directors 2009-2011, Board Secretary 2011. RESPONSE: We must continue to balance the need to maintain our municipal services while recognizing the economic realities facing taxpayers. Our homeowners and seniors cannot afford drastic tax increases. As Councilman, I've led the fight for financial responsibility. As Chairman of Council's finance committee, I worked with the Mayor to keep spending in check, while finding fiscally responsible solutions to financial problems. I my second term, I will continue to work to provide essential services in a fiscally responsible manner.

MICHAEL COLON http://www.colonforcouncil.com D.O.B.: 1986 EDUCATION: Liberty High School, 2004; B.A. Political Science, Penn State University 2008 OCCUPATION: Coordinator of Volunteers, Gracedale Nursing Home QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate of Bethlehem Citizen's Academy, 2013; Service on Bethlehem Human Relations Commission and Bethlehem Civil Service Board; Extensive community service including leadership roles with the Red Cross and Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley. RESPONSE: City budgets continue to be as tight as ever resulting in higher taxes along with reduced services. I encourage expanding our tax base with well planned and thought out developments. This will help curb the need for a raise in taxes while sustaining adequate services to the public. I weigh all the options not only by how they impact Bethlehem tomorrow but what lasting effects they'll have on our city and our government.

Republican No candidates

Term: 2 years Vote for one

Democrat MATTHEW McKERN http://www.McKernForCityCouncil.com D.O.B.: 1972 EDUCATION: Perkiomen Valley H.S. 1990; B.S. Kutztown University 1997; M.S. Kutztown University (continuing) OCCUPATION: President, Mosaic Advertising QUALIFICATIONS: Leadership Lehigh Valley, Graduate 2013, Keynote speaker for graduation; Committee member Occupational Advisory Committee for BAVTS; Community member CD Advisory Council for NCC; Board member GLV Ad Club, 1 year. RESPONSE: I believe the major issue for moving Bethlehem forward is economic development. Much like a business, the City of Bethlehem must embrace sharing resources amongst the Lehigh Valley, and beyond. With a strong economic backbone, the City of Bethlehem can face any challenge and embrace every available opportunity. Using my experience in business, I will lead the charge of sharing resources between our three cities, therefore keeping taxes low and our budget balanced.

OLGRA NEGRON http://www.OlgraNegron.com D.O.B.: 1967 EDUCATION: Leadership Development Certificate + I-LEAD; Community Organizing Certificate- PICO; 1996 Associate, Marketing. OCCUPATION: Adult Services Technician, Bethlehem Area Public Library QUALIFICATIONS: Member of Community Revitalization and Crime Prevention Advisory Board; Rotary Club; Planning Commission and President CACLV Board; Community Organizer and Executive Director for non-profit organizations, City of Allentown and State representative Steve Samuelson. RESPONSE: We must reach out to our state legislators to act with PEMA funding which only funded 68% of all eligible funding for our 911 system. We should encourage our bigger non-profit tax-exempt entities to continue and maybe increase their support to our city in lieu of taxes. We should actively promote TIF, LERTA and CRIZ to attract new business and continue development but not at the expense of destroying our charming historical neighbors.

JEFF KOCSIS http://www.jeffkocsisforcouncil.com D.O.B.: 1985 EDUCATION: Moravian College, BA Sociology 2008, concentration in Law and Society OCCUPATION: Register of Wills + Clerical Specialist QUALIFICATIONS: Register of Wills: assist families and attorneys to open Estates; Support various members of the community who are grieving the loss of loved ones. PA Gaming Control Board: Enforce rules and protocols in accordance with PA State Regulations; Inform those who seek information in regards to gambling addiction. RESPONSE: A major issue during this campaign is the continual growth of Bethlehem and yet the need to maintain clean and safe neighborhoods. I, along with many other residents, want Bethlehem to grow in a manner that promotes life sustaining opportunities to those within our community. With that growth comes the responsibility to make smart decisions allowing us to foster the values of clean and safe neighborhoods.

CITY OF EASTON MAYOR Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat SAL PANTO

Republican No candidate

B>CITY CONTROLLER Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat TONY E. BASSIL

Republican No candidate

CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE Term: 4 years Vote for not more than three

Democrat DAVID O'CONNELL http://www.davidoconnellforeastoncitycouncil.com D.O.B.: 1944 EDUCATION: BS Boston College 1966; MBA Syracuse 1968. OCCUPATION: Community manager of condo association. QUALIFICATIONS: Member in good standing of Easton Area Democratic Committee and have been active in several political campaigns. Have also been a volunteer in several community based organizations with emphasis on mentoring and career counseling. RESPONSE: Easton is enjoying a revival now and I think it is important that all citizens of our city enjoy the benefits if this resurgence. Jobs and job training are the best ways to ensure participation in Eaton's economic recovery. And, while it is critical to attract entrepreneurial and creative people to realize Easton's potential, it is just as essential to guarantee economic involvement of the longtime residents who form the backbone of the community.

ELINOR WARNER D.O.B.: 1963 EDUCATION: Easton Area H.S. 1981; BA Sweet Briar College 1985; PHD University Virginia 1993. OCCUPATION: Chief marketing officer QUALIFICATIONS: Easton City Council, 2008-present; Vice Mayor 2010-2012; Easton Home Rule Charter Study Commission 2007-2008. RESPONSE: Easton's central business district has been reborn over the past eight years, and its population is predicted to greatly increase during the next decade. The major issue facing Easton City Council in the near future will therefore be planning for smart growth and improving residential and business conditions in Easton's neighborhoods, particularly the South Side and West Ward. Enhanced code enforcement and economic development in the neighborhoods are essentially in fostering growth throughout the city.

PETER MELAN D.O.B: 1974 EDUCATION: Easton High School, class of 1993; BA Management, Moravian College May 1998 OCCUPATION: Owner, VeraTrack QUALIFICATIONS: Chairman + Easton Police Civil Service Commission, 2008; Chairman + Easton Zoning Board, October 2013; Member Greater Valley YMCA + Easton, Phillipsburg, & Vicinity Branch Board of Advisors, May 2014 RESPONSE: Expense control is a major issue for the city. Our tax rate is at the state maximum, yet revenue sources remain untapped. Simply offering early retirement and eliminating positions are short-sighted fixes that come at the expense of our residents. We must become innovators; finding new ways to increase productivity and utilize cost cutting measures. Integrating modern technology will increase efficiency and reduce expenses. Technology is the solution that will pay dividends to our residents.

KENNETH BROWN http://www.KenBrownforEaston.com D.O.B.: 1957 EDUCATION: Graduate Easton Area High School 1976; attended East Stroudsburg University OCCUPATION: Executive Director of Shiloh Manor Inc. Senior Housing QUALIFICATIONS: Three times elected to Easton City Council: 2003, 2007, 2011; Easton Area School Board President, Chairman of Easton City Council Finance Committee, 2001-2003; Easton Area School Board Vice President, 1999-2000 ; Chairman Career Institute of Technology, 1998-1999; NAACP Presidential Award, 2008/// RESPONSE: 1) Creating Jobs and Economic Development: Continue to support in-fill development and redevelopment of city properties, such as Phase II of the Silk Mill project. 2) Improving the Quality of Life: Expand the Easton Ambassador program to expand it to other parts of the city, including the West Ward; 3) Keeping Streets Safe: Maintain support for new and innovative ways to keep residents safe, such as street surveillance cameras; 4) Expanding Parks & Recreation: Look for economical ways to expand opportunities for youth recreation, work to preserve remaining open space in the city.

ANTHONY MARRACCINI D.O.B.: 1971 EDUCATION: Easton Area High School, 1989; AA Northampton Community College, 1992; BFA Temple University, 1997 OCCUPATION: Owner/Publisher of the Elucidator Magazine, Manager/Curator of Connexions Gallery QUALIFICATIONS: Board Member Greater Easton Development Partnership GEDP), 8 years; Property Review Board of Appeals, 3 years; President of the Arts Community of Easton (ACE), 11 years RESPONSE: Managing and expanding the growth that Easton is experiencing, while maintaining an eye on our financial stability, is a major issue; especially with regards to the concerns and challenges that our neighborhoods face. This can only be accomplished through stronger partnerships within our community via public and private cooperation, as well as creating an environment of greater civic involvement. For it is truly the people who make a difference in a community.

Republican No candidates

Boroughs

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY BOROUGHS

BANGOR BOROUGH COUNCIL WARD 1 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat BARRY SCHWEITZER

Republican KENNETH BREWER III

WARD 2 Term: four years Vote for one

Democrat
MICHAEL J. BILOTTA

Republican
BONNIE J. LaBAR

Term: 2 years Vote for one

Democrat
MICHAEL J. BILOTTA

Republican No candidate

WARD 3 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
KAREY J. MURPHY

Republican No candidate

WARD 4 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
DAVID HOUSER

Republican No candidate

BATH BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than four

Democrat No candidates

Republican
MARK A. SAGINARIO

CYNTHIA L. ANDERSON

PHYLLIS ANDREWS

CHAPMAN BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than four

Democrat No candidates

Republican No candidates

EAST BANGOR BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: four years Vote for not

Republican
JOHN A. CRAMER

PETER J. ZAZULAK

JOHN R. COUCH

FREEMANSBURG BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years

Vote for not more than four

Democrat
HOMER G.. LORRAH

JIM SMITH

JUSTIN J. LaBAR

Republican No candidate

GLENDON MAYOR Term: 2 years Vote for one

Republican No candidates

Democrat No candidates

BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than three

Democrat
LORIE A. THOMAS

Republican
BETH YOUNG

RONALD J. ROSCIOLI

Term: 2 years Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican
DONALD YOUNG

HELLERTOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than three

Democrat
HERB PAYUNG Jr. No response

RICHARD L. STAFFIERI No response

PHILIP WEBER D.O.B.: 1962 EDUCATION: 1980 Graduate Saucon Valley High School; Bethlehem Vo-Tech + Masonry, 1980. OCCUPATION: Production Manager, Bethlehem Precast QUALIFICATIONS: Hellertown Borough Council 9+ years experience. RESPONSE: Keeping taxes under control is an issue. The fix is to find other sources of income. Bringing new business to Hellertown would help. Tthis must be done without changing the face or feel of Hellertown. Growing up in Hellertown I had a great childhood! Nothing would please me more than to see my grandchildren live in the same environment I did. I love this town and would be pleased to serve the residents of Hellertown.

EARL HILL No response

Republican No candidate

Term: 2 year Vote for one

Democrat
EARL HILL No response

HERB PAYUNG Jr. No response

Republican No candidate

NAZARETH BOROUGH BOROUGH COUNCIL

WARD 1 Term: 4 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat
FRANK S. MAUREK

MICHAEL KOPACH

Republican
BRIAN REGN

Term: 2 years Vote for one

Democrat

MICHAEL KOPACH D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: 1969 graduate of Nazareth High School OCCUPATION: Retired QUALIFICATIONS: I have been a Borough Council member for 15 years. RESPONSE: My major issue in this campaign is the wasting of financial resources at the expense of the taxpayers, especially those who have been in the borough for many years, the senior citizens. Every new year projects are approved at our expense. I think we need a change, one that will bring responsibility and accountability back into the focus and put a cap on wasting taxpayer's money..

FRANK S. MAUREK No response

Republican
BRIAN BREGN

WARD 2 Term: 4 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat
CARL A FISCHL

THOMAS C. HECKMAN

Republican
LARRY STROUDT

WARD 3 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
DANIEL R. CHIAVAROLI

Republican No candidate

Term: 2 years Vote for one

Democrat
LANCE E. COLONDO

Republican No candidate

NORTH CATASAQUA BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more three

Democrat
JOSEPH D. KEGLOVITS

JASON M. BASHAW

MICHELE J. HAZZARD

Republican
WILLIAM R. DUCH

DAN SILVERBLATT

MARK S. GIOIELLI

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH COUNCIL

WARD 1 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
KEITH A. PIESCIENSKI

Republican No candidate

WARD 2 Term: 4 years

Vote for one No candidates

WARD 3 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican
THOMAS KOHLER Jr.

WARD 4 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
ANTHONY LOPSONZSKI Sr.

Republican No candidate

PEN ARGYL BOROUGH COUNCIL

WARD 1 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
ANGELO ULIANA

Republican No candidate

WARD 2 Term: 4 years

Democrat No candidate

Republican
JAN E. SUROTCHAK

WARD 3 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
ROBERT O'DONNELL

Republican No candidate

WARD 4 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
DAVID C.DePALMA

Republican
CHARLES KANDL

Term: 2 years Vote for one

Democrat
ROBERTA COWLEY

Republican No candidate

PORTLAND BOROUGH COUNCIL

Term: 4 years Vote for not more than four

Democrat STEPHANIE D. STEELE

Republican
BRIAN A. KARDOS

BRIDGET S. KENNA

Term: 2 years Vote for one No candidates

ROSETO BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than three

Democrat
CARL RENNA

Republican
KENNETH TILLMAN

STOCKERTOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than four

Democrat
KATHLEEN ZDONOWSKI

CYNTHIA W. HOWER

Republican
ERIC WENZELBERGER

JOSEPH GOSNELL

AMY J. RICHARD

TATAMY BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than four

Democrat
FRANK W. YOUNG

DANIEY DEWEY

WILLIAM BELKEY

PAMELA PEARSON

Republican
CHARLES E. BARTHOLOMEW

WALNUTPORT BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years
Vote for not more than three

Democrat
MICHAEL GASTON

DAVIC STANKOVIC

Republican
MATTHEW NEWHARD

WEST EASTON BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than three

Democrat
RONALD D. NIXON

ROBERT E. LEWIS II

KELLY GROSS

Republican
TRICIA MEZZACAPPA

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Democrat
MATTHEW A. DEES

Republican
TRICIA MEZZACAPPA

WILSON BOROUGH COUNCIL

WARD 1 Term: 4 year

Vote for not more than two

Democrat
JAMES McGOWAN

Republican No candidate

WARD 2 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
PAMELA TAYLOR

Republican No candidate

Term: 2 years
Vote for one

Democrat
PAMELA TAYLOR

Republican
No candidate

WARD 3 Term: 4 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat
TONY VERENNA D.O.B.: 1944 EDUCATION: Wilson Area High School, 1962; Electrician Trade School, 4 years. OCCUPATION: Retired electrician QUALIFICATIONS: Past Council member; Current Wilson Area School Director RESPONSE: 1) Push the development of the Dixie property to more on the refurbishment of the property since it was given tax relief with a deadline. 2) Not have one or two people run the Boro without council aware of certain things. *** 3) Put tax money to better use instead of paying council members + for example, more money for crossing guards & better property inspections/with follow-ups.. *** Referring to council membership (individuals) doing their own agenda.

JOAN LILLY-KEMMERER D.O.B.: 1949 EDUCATION: Graduate Pen Argyl High School 1967. OCCUPATION: Retired; currently council person QUALIFICATIONS: Councilperson + 20 years; Recreation Board + 20 years member. RESPONSE: Issue is taxes. I will continue to fight to keep the taxes down. We are a low to moderate income community. We have a reasonable percentage of senior citizens on fixed incomes. These facts cannot be forgotten when doing the budget each year. You need to remember that you are a voice for those you serve.

RUSSELL LIPARI D.O.B.: 1949 EDUCATION: Graduate of Notre Dame H.S. and attended Kutztown University. OCCUPATION: Teacher's aide for the Wilson Area School Dist; And PA announcer for Wilson Area SD.

QUALIFICATIONS: Borough Councilman for 5 years and Wilson area SD board member(1994-1998)
RESPONSE: At the local level, we need less federal government. interference. Listen to my voters and recommend to council their ideas.

Republican No candidate

WIND GAP BOROUGH COUNCIL Term: 4 year Vote for not more than three

Democrat
KERRY GASSLER

Republican
ALEXANDER CORTEZZO III

Townships

TOWNSHIPS

All candidates were asked "WHAT DO YOU VIEW AS THE MAJOR ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS IT?"

ALLEN TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for one

Democrat
GARY BEHLER

Republican No candidate

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER AT LARGE Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican
ROBERT BIRK D.O.B.: 1960 EDUCATION: Freedom High School 1978; Associate LCCC, 1984; Associate Allentown Business School, 1986. OCCUPATION: Hospitality worker/Security officer (presently between jobs) QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem Township Commissioner 12 years; Two years Board President; Four years Township Treasurer; A few years Lehigh Valley Planning Commission; 35 years political activity. RESPONSE: Pipeline issue; too many developers serving on the Board; This is a conflict of interest. We need bipartisan representation. Concerned about tax increase.

ARTHUR J. MURPHY D.O.B.: 1954 EDUCATION: Graduate Holy Trinity HS, 1972; BBA University of Notre Dame, 1976. OCCUPATION: Accountant QUALIFICATIONS: Township Commissioner, 8 years. RESPONSE: Financial future of Bethlehem Township. Increase revenues without raising real estate taxes. This can be accomplished by encouraging more businesses to relocate to the Township. This will lead to increased Business Privilege Revenues as well as the $52 per person Local Service Tax for their employees. Long term big item purchases such as fire trucks, sewer improvements must be budgeted and planned for.

PAUL WEISS
No response

D.MARTIN ZAWARSKI Bethlehem Township D.O.B: 1956 EDUCATION: Freedom High School 1974; Lehigh University 1979, BS in Business OCCUPATION: Real estate investor QUALIFICATIONS: I have been a township commissioner for over three years and President of the Board of Commissioners for 1 year. My experience in the real estate field has helped me tremendously in making sound decisions concerning all aspects of the management of municipal services and business. RESPONSE: The major issue in our township is managing growth. There are several new developments being proposed for our community. TOA is proposing to build over 250 homes around Green Pond, Ashley wants to develop the Pendot land by 33 into a high end commercial office park, and the Chrin Company is considering developing the V-7 property. All 3 impact William Highway severely. Major highway improvements will be needed to this highway if these developments are to be started. These developments must be respectful of the land and our community.

WARD 1 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican
THOMAS J. NOLAN Bethlehem Township D.O.B.: 1941 EDUCATION: BS Electronics, Scranton University, 1963. OCCUPATION: Project Engineer, Lehigh Heavy Forge Corporation QUALIFICATIONS: 36 years of volunteer/elected service to Bethlehem Township. Planning Commissioner + 26 years; Bethlehem Township Commissioner 1985, 1987-1991, 2003 + present; Two Rivers Council of Government, President 2006-present, Northampton County Gaming Authority 2009-present; Bethlehem Area Public Library Trustee, 2010-present; Freedom High School Choir Association. RESPONSE: In today's economy it is important to be fiscally responsible, while balancing the residential/commercial development to maintain a tax base while protecting our residents from future tax increases. We have been successful in providing exceptional police and fire protection; continue improvements on major highways to improve safety and congestion; continue to support the Township recreational programs. I support the preservation of open space areas, especially the development of the Housenick Estate.

WAYNE A. BULLER
No response

WARD 3 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat KIM JENKINS

Republican

FRAN BLATZ D.O.B.: 1954 EDUCATION: Clarkstown High School 1972; Rockland Community College 1974. OCCUPATION: Hostess QUALIFICATIONS: 25 year resident of Township; concerned with issues, ready to serve residents. RESPONSE: Fiscal responsibility as it affects residents. Looking into details of how money is spent with possible alternatives for maximum benefit of tax payers money.

PHIL BARNARDD.O.B.: 1964 EDUCATION: Louis E. Dieruff High School, 1982 OCCUPATION: Plant manager for Bay Insulation of Pa; member of Bay Industries corporate family. QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem Township Commissioner, 3 years; Plant manager in the metal building industry, 20 years; Church Pastoral Council, 2 years; (Development and planning) RESPONSE: I view as the major issue in this campaign is our economy. The biggest challenge is balancing the need for continued growth in business and employment opportunities while maintaining a family friendly community that values open space, parks, and environmental concerns. The way in which I will address this issue is to continue serving the community in a way that is responsible, effective and efficient in meeting the needs of our residents for both current and long range community interest.

BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican BRIEN R. KOCHER

Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican HARRISON KLINE

EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for one

Democrat ROGER C. UNANGST

Republican DONALD HEINEY

FORKS TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat JOHN O'NEIL

Republican ED MOORE

HANOVER TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican MICHAEL PRENDEVILLE

LEHIGH TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat No candidate

Republican
KEITH A. HANTZ D.O.B.: 1961 EDUCATION: Graduate Northampton High School 1980; Graduate Bethlehem Vocational Technical School 1980 OCCUPATION: Millwright + Keystone Cement Company QUALIFICATIONS: Current Lehigh Township Supervisor-13th year; Lehigh Township volunteer firefighter, LTVFC, 25 years 1979-2004; President of LTVFC 13 years, 1992-2004; Head coach youth soccer + LTAA 1997-2001; NSC 2008-2011. RESPONSE: Constructing of a new public works building needs to get done. Plans and funding are being worked on. Support our township volunteer fire company and township police department are a priority for the township`s safety. Protecting township landowners rights is very important. Funds to fix township roads is always a challenge. Our township athletic association and parks need to be supported to benefit ALL township residents. Township tax dollars support everything!

KENNETH MACK D.O.B.: 1978 EDUCATION: Graduate of Northampton Area High School 1997 OCCUPATION: Self-employed (Coplay News Agency) QUALIFICATIONS: Successfully owning, managing, and running a local business for over 10 years. RESPONSE: As a citizen who was born and raised in Lehigh Township, my focus as a Supervisor would be to maintain the integrity and give back to our community for the future of our families and their futures as well.

RICHARD R. HILDEBRAND Jr. D.O.B.: 1966 EDUCATION: 1984 graduate of Northampton Area High School OCCUPATION: Disabled QUALIFICATIONS: Township resident for past 38 years; Community involvement as a firefighter for the past 35 years; Working with the Board of Supervisors the past 8 years as fire chief; Several professional certifications in emergency services, firefighter, Has-mat, instructor, and leadership. RESPONSE: To provide for the health, welfare, and safety of our fellow residents. Use a commonsense approach to growth and development of our community and seek more commercial interests to help offset the burden to the home owner.

LOWER MT. BETHEL TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for one

No candidates

LOWER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat No candidate

Republican MARTIN J. BOUCHER

JAMES S. PENNINGTON

LOWER SAUCON TOWNSHIP COUNCIL Term: 4 years Vote for not more than three

Democrat DAVID WILLARD

GARY W. GORMAN

PRISCILLA DeLEON

Republican

TOM MAXFIELD D.O.B.: 1954 EDUCATION: Sharon High School; Northampton Community College; Marywood College. OCCUPATION: Teacher -27 years, Bethlehem Catholic QUALIFICATIONS: Township Council, 11 years; Planning Commission, 13 years; Environmental Advisory Board, 12 years; Hellertown Area Library Board, 1 years. RESPONSE: Lower Saucon's prevalent issue is overall balanced growth. As we address several issues (pipeline, landfill, economic opportunity, resource protection,) we need to create conditions that will benefit all residents, while protecting our natural heritage. This is a balancing act that is complicated and sensitive and benefits from an experienced council .I will continue to be involved in issues of water quality and sustainable growth while creating more pathways for new economic opportunities

SANDRA B. YERGER D.O.B.: 1955 EDUCATION: Moravian College, Bachelor of Arts, History OCCUPATION: Associate Director of Development QUALIFICATIONS: Township Council, 8 years; Township EAC, 12 years; Planning Commission, 3 years. RESPONSE: The major issue facing Lower Saucon Township is the need for township officials to balance providing for the needs and services for all residents while at the same time exercising fiscal responsibility.

DONNA LOUDER D.O.B.: 1959 EDUCATION: Saucon Valley High School, 1977; Northampton Community College, A.A.S.; Scott White Real Estate OCCUPATION: Mammographer QUALIFICATIONS: Lower Saucon Township Landfill Committee, 3 years; Lower Saucon Citizen Academy; Leadership positions afforded me the comprehension of budgets; Initiated open lines of communications with Governor's Office and local businesses to address quality of life issues. RESPONSE: Taxation vs Spending: For the past 12+ years landfill tipping fees have generated approximately 2 million dollars annually. The Township 2014 budget was balanced without this revenue. In 2015 we experienced a 23% tax increase which leads me to suspect our spending practices need to be addressed. I believe a SPEND LESS/SAVE MORE mentality would keep the Township fiscally sound and control tax increases.

BILL ROSS No response

MOORE TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for one

Democrat
RANDOLPH EMERY No response

MAYNARD S. CAMPBELL JR. D.O.B.: 1950 EDUCATION: Northampton High School OCCUPATION: Retired (former IUBPAT #1269, Painter 46 years) QUALIFICATIONS: Moore Township Supervisor / Road Superintendent, 6 years (2006 to 2011,) physically worked on the roads and managed road office responsibilities; awarded lifetime membership to P.T.A.; President of Moore Township A.A., coached baseball; assisted Boy Scout Troops 50 and 551. RESPONSE: The misuse of Moore Township Farmland Preservation tax dollars, used without utilizing the county's approved appraisal process. The current Secretary and Treasurer bailed-out failed development projects at an $800k price-tag owed to NJ banks, and likely overvalued by $500k. I will apply solid fiscal reasoning and only spend township dollars with the honesty our residents have earned and deserve. Also, our road maintenance process will improve and I will put our township first.

Republican
RICHARD K. GABLE

PALMER TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat No candidate

Republican

DAVID COLVER

ROBERT SMITH

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat
DONALD MOORE

JOYCE LAMBERT

Republican
G.JOHN BRYANT Jr. D.O.B.: 1941 EDUCATION: Graduate Haverford High School, 1959; Attended Villanova University, 1960-1965, Accounting; Attended Northampton Community College 1978-1979, Business Management. OCCUPATION: Retired QUALIFICATIONS: 27 years, Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation; 40 years in fire service; Accounting & Business Management background; 25 years emergency management experience; Security, Private Investigating, Photo-journalism, marketing; Auditor, Plainfield Township 1971-1972; /// RESPONSE: Transparency is one of several issues that I plan to address. The information presented at the meetings are not always clear, the true intent is ambiguous a lot of the time. Most times the true meaning does not become evident until the reading of the minutes of the next meeting. It doesn't matter whether you attend the meeting or not. Also I would like to take a more active interest in the finances of the township.

MATT GLENNON D.O.B.: 1947 EDUCATION: B.A. in History from St. John Fisher College, Rochester N.Y. OCCUPATION: Retired, investor QUALIFICATIONS: Plainfield Supervisor, 6 years; Lehigh Valley Planning commission 2005-2014, Chair 2013; Plainfield Township elected Auditor, current. RESPONSE: I am firmly committed to maintaining the rural character of Plainfield Township. I intend to review all Township policies with an eye towards long term tax stability. I believe in supporting our volunteers, both our fire company and our youth recreation programs. Our current tax millage rate of 6.5 mills is higher than it needs to be. I would advocate that it be reduced to 4.5 mills.

GLEN BORGER No response

UPPER MT. BETHEL TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat
ED NELSON

Republican
JOHN A. BERMINGHAM, Jr. http://www.facebook.com/ElectJohnBermingham D.O.B: 1968 EDUCATION: Arizona State University, B.S. Justice Studies; Saint Leo University, M.B.A.; Catholic University, Concord School of Law, Juris Doctor .OCCUPATION: Head of Global Operations and Logistics, Glaxo Smith Kline; Attorney; Adjunct Professor QUALIFICATIONS: Currently run a global division responsible for $20 million annual revenue; Licensed NJ Attorney; Strong leadership and organizational skills. RESPONSE: The major issue in this campaign is giving the power back to the people of Upper Mount Bethel to have a say in their local government. I will do this by respectively listening to their concerns, by being an effictive and efficient leader at the Board of Supervisors meetings and by creating a fiscally responsible and transparent Board that works to efficiently govern our beautiful township based on the needs and wants of our citizens.

J. ANDREW MAHAN http://www.mahan-umbt.com D.O.B.: 1956 EDUCATION: July 1979 + September 1981, Ohio State Univ., College of Engineering; Flight Training Clinic, Commercial Pilot ASEL,AMEL,CFII,MEI; August 1974 + December 1974, US Army Infantry School, Ft. Polk, LA; 1971 + 1974, Grove City HS, OH. OCCUPATION: Captain B737 United Airlines QUALIFICATIONS: Business travel environment 1985 + present; Buyer, Equipment and Materials 1976 - 1985 RESPONSE: 2012 and 2014 supervisors passed an 18% & 10% increase. Possibly due to changes in personnel, it's proven unnecessary. Surplus of $670,000+ is evidence. Still, there's talk of more increases. I will issue letters of resignation held by the voters that can be executed if I were to vote for personal property or income tax increase. I want to roll back those unnecessary 18% + 10% increases ASAP (as soon as POSSIBLE).

ANTHONU DeFRANCO D.O.B.: 1957 EDUCATION: Graduate Pius X 1975; NCC 2 years, Engineering OCCUPATION: Self employed General Contractor, 27 years. QUALIFICATIONS: Roseto Borough Zoning Board 2 years; 27 years experience in building, land development, and negotiating; Womens Resources of Monroe County Person of the Year, 2001; F.A.C.E.S. non profit Domestic Abuse Board member 2 years; common sense RESPONSE: I believe the major issues in this campaign are Jobs, Taxes, the Sludge debate, wasteful spending and Police coverage. I will get as much information on each of these issues and listen to discussions from both sides of the issue. Then I will make a well informed common sense decision that best benefits the people of Upper Mt. Bethel Twp.

DENNIS JONES No response

UPPER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for one

No candidates

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican
DAVID HESS

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Term: 6 years Vote for one

Democrat No candidate

Republican
MARK ERNST D.O.B.: 1964 EDUCATION: Graduate Wilson High School, 1982. OCCUPATION: Mechanical contractor QUALIFICATIONS: Over 15 years serving the Zoning Hearing Board, current. RESPONSE: Being compassionate toward residents; Unify a divided township; Be fair and serve for the best of the entire township.

HALDAN P. BALLEK D.O.B.: 1953 EDUCATION: Wilson High School grad. 1971 OCCUPATION: Farmer + Self employed QUALIFICATIONS: Former Township Supervisor and Planning Commission Board member; Experience on both sides of the land development and land preservation table; Self Employed common sense business experience and fiscal practices. RESPONSE: Work to protect business and residential property rates & values, and continue to support uniform taxation and collection of taxes from all commercial and residential properties.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

BANGOR AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT (Boroughs of Bangor, East Bangor, Roseto, Portland; Townships of Upper Mt. Bethel, Lower Mt. Bethel and Washington)

SCHOOL DIRECTORS AT LARGE Term: 4 years Vote for not more than five

Democrat

DEBORAH PERELLI D.O.B.: 1957 EDUCATION: Wilson High School, 1975; East Stroudsburg Univ. 1979, B.S.; East Stroudsburg Univ. 1987, M.Ed. OCCUPATION: Retired educator (1979-2013) Belvidere School District QUALIFICATIONS: See Response RESPONSE: My family and I have been Bangor residents for 19 years. My sons graduated from Bangor High School. As a retired educator with over 34 years of combined experience as a teacher and administrator I look forward to serving our community at this capacity. My commitment, sensibility and integrity will assist me in making conscientious decisions that will continue to ensure a positive future for our taxpayers, students and staff.

Democrat/Republican Cross-filed

CHRISTOPHER MAROZZI D.O.B: 1967 EDUCATION: Graduated: Bangor Area 1985; Washington & Jefferson 1989 + B. A. Biology; Green Mountain College 2011 + M. S. Environmental Science OCCUPATION: Corporate manager, EHS and Sustainability Programs. QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteer: Former S. Strabane Twp. Planning Commissioner; former National Hemophilia Foundation Board; H.S. Track & Field Asst. Coach; Slate Belt Youth Soccer Coach; Slate Belt Baseball Coach. RESPONSE: I view volunteering to be a school board member as a great opportunity; to give back to the community I was raised in, and work to continuously to improve our children's education.

JENNIFER TIMAR D.O.B.: 1971 EDUCATION: Nazareth Area High School, 1989; BSN Cedar Crest College, 1993. OCCUPATION: Advanced Practice Coordinator (RN + transplant coordinator) for Gift of Life Donor Program. QUALIFICATIONS: Resided in Bangor 5 years; 4 children: 2 in high, 2 starting school fall 2015; Over 20 years working in health care from hands on to administrative responsibilities; Active in Bushkill Twp fire and EMS/// RESPONSE: My areas of concern are academics, citizenship and heritage. I would like to see our school district's academic performance improve. Ensuring our children's success in school is an absolute necessity. Offering activities to make them well-rounded citizens and including the rich cultural heritage of the Slate Belt area will strengthen our community. I believe in getting involved to address issues and create opportunities.

STEPHEN BUSSENGER No response

MARK MASTROGIOVANNI D.O.B.: 1964 EDUCATION: 1982 graduate form Morris Hills Area High School. Rockaway, NJ 07866 OCCUPATION: Self employed QUALIFICATIONS: Football coach for 18 years; a parent for 21 years, one in college & two still in my district. RESPONSE: I believe the children come first! It is time for a change, to give the children the best possible education we can provide for them, to set academic standards and goals. We need to rid our schools of Common Core curriculum. I want to spend our taxpayers' dollars on academic improvement. School taxes increasing every year, with no academic improvement and the district ranked in the lower half of the state, is unacceptable to me!

TONI E. LYNCH D.O.B: 1947 EDUCATION: Bangor High School 1965; US Navy 1966-1969; Churchmans Business College 1970. OCCUPATION: Construction Manager, Solar/Green Energy. QUALIFICATIONS: Current Board member RESPONSE: 1) Investigation of Pension Fund to determine the real cause of the 40+ billion unfunded liability by an independent agency. 2) Preventing the district from incurring additional debt. Insist on sustainability and parity for district tax payers. 3) Terminate Common Core. Get all school boards to demand legislation to do it.

MICHAEL GOFFREDO No response

KIMBERLY GAMBALE D.O.B.: 1981 EDUCATION: Attended LVR High School, BASD High School, Graduated 1999 PA Homeschool; Attended Northampton Community College OCCUPATION: Stay at home mom QUALIFICATIONS: Bangor Elementary PTO President for 1 year, also PTA president and VP; VP of Upper Northampton County Chapter of Thrivent for 4 years; Awarded Friend of Education from BEA 2014. RESPONSE: I believe that our school district is looking for a change in leadership. The education of our children should be the most important thing our board looks at, while considering what our taxpayers are paying each year in taxes.

LARAINE BRANDS No response

Republican
DAVID D. STONEHOUSE No response

BETHLEHEM AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

SCHOOL DIRECTORS AT LARGE (City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Hanover Township and the Boroughs of Freemansburg and Fountain Hill) Term: 4 years

Vote for not more than three

Democrat
BASILIO A. BONILLA Jr. Bethlehem http://www.bonillaforschoolboard.com/ D.O.B.:1990 EDUCATION: Clearview Elementary School; Nitschmann Middle School; Liberty High School (Graduated 2008) OCCUPATION: Student at Moravian College (Major in Political Science) QUALIFICATIONS: Current School Board Member, Current Chairman of the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School's Joint Committee, Interned for U.S Senator Bob Casey Jr; Interned for Sen. Lisa Boscola. RESPONSE: The major issues in this campaign are: 1) Finances: Dealing with the growing increase in PSERS Costs, Charter School Costs, and others: 2) Limiting tax increases for senior citizens; 3) Creating a safe & bully free learning environment for our children.

We can address these issues by: 1) Making sure we (the board) make well informed financial decisions that are in the best interest of our district, students, and taxpayers; 2) Create a tax rebate program for our senior citizens to off set the continued tax increases our seniors face while on fixed incomes; 3) Continue to change board policies to address bullying within our schools.

Democrat/Republican Cross-filed

SAMUEL NAZARIO Facebook.com/Nazario4BASD D.O.B.: 1990 EDUCATION: Liberty High School 2008 OCCUPATION: Asset Protection Management QUALIFICATIONS: I am an active member of my community and have volunteered on many occasions to work with kids in South Bethlehem as well as having served on Lehigh University South Side Initiative Committee; Fritz Methodist Church Board of Trustees. RESPONSE: Less taxes, more teachers. It's not a fantasy, it can be done. I plan to advocate for smarter fiscal restraint, especially on capital projects like where renovations would save the taxpayer millions over new construction projects. Those millions could be better used to hire more teachers so that kids can have more one-on-one time. That's when teaching becomes understanding. I believe a teacher is a better investment than a new laptop or building.

INEZ AGUILAR No response

THOMAS THOMASIK III D.O.B: 1949 EDUCATION: William Allen High School; Muhlenburg College; Moravian College; Univ. of Scranton; Penn State Univ. OCCUPATION: Retired QUALIFICATIONS: Eagle Scout/BSA; Sgt/USMC; Expediter/Technical Assistant/Bethlehem Steel; HR Manager/Mack Trucks; HR Manager/BASD; HR Manager/;ASD; Community volunteer; School Sisters at Saint Francis; additional information see "Linked In." RESPONSE: Balancing the budget! I will vote to maintain school programs and not increase school taxes. Appreciate and encourage cooperation and creativity between students, parents and teachers. Recognize and reward teachers who instill rigor, confidence and student proficiency with performance. Embrace cultural heritage and inspire children to select vocational skills necessary to success. Translate those skills into good paying jobs, the keystone to strengthening our local economy. I sincerely ask for your vote.

DAN TREFFINGER No response

DEAN M. DONAHER D.O.B.: 1953 EDUCATION: 1971 Liberty High School graduate; 1975 B.A. Moravian College; 1985 B.S. Moravian College; 1988 M.Ed. Lehigh Univ.; 2009 Ed.D. Univ. of Pennsylvania. OCCUPATION: Director of Student Services; Bethlehem Area School District (retiring end of June 2015) QUALIFICATIONS: High School Mathematics teacher + 5 years; High School Assistant principal -14 years; High School Principal + 2 years; Central Office, Director of student Services + 9 years. RESPONSE: To ensure a high quality education to all students while balancing a responsibility to the taxpayers of the district. My objectives are: support curriculum that prepares all students for continued education and career readiness; hire and retain highly qualified teachers; support initiatives that promote safety in our schools; increase community partnerships; advocate for Charter and Cyber Charter School reform with Commonwealth Legislatures.

KAREN BECK POOLEY http://www.Karenbeckpooley.com D.O.B.: 1976 EDUCATION: Brighton HS, 1994; BA Wellesley College, 1998; MS in Urban Planning & Policy, New School University, 2001; PhD in City Planning, University of Pennsylvania, 2007 OCCUPATION: City Planner (czbLLC) and Adjunct Professor (Lehigh University) QUALIFICATIONS: Parent Advisory Committee, 2 years; Parent Teacher Organization, 3 years; District Parent RESPONSE: I am running for School Board because our public schools are one of the most important investments we as a community can make. BASD schools foster curiosity and a love of learning, convey essential academic and social skills, unlock every child's full potential, and prepare our children to succeed in life. This is exactly what they're doing for my children, and I want to give something back to the district in return for that.

REGION II Bethlehem7,8,9-1,9-2,9-3,14-1,15-1 & Hanover Twp. Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat/Republican Cross-filed

CRAIG NEIMAN

REGION III Bethlehem 14-2,14-3,14-4,14-5,14-6,14-7,14-8,15-2 & Bethlehem Twp. Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat/Republican

DAN TREFFINGER No response

EUGENE McKEON D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Md, B.S. Finance 1976 OCCUPATION: Retired from AT&T QUALIFICATIONS: Completing my second term as School Board Director, I have served as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee for my entire tenure on the Board. Prior to my election to the BASD as School Board Director I also served on the Bethlehem Township, PA recreation for over10 years. RESPONSE: Since I began my first term on the School Board of the Bethlehem Area School District I have tried to maintain financial restraint when it comes to raising taxes on the public. I believe in trying to extract maximum effort toward educational results while maintaining a stringent growth approach in the area of expenses. At the same time we should be able to present to the tax paying public a facility infrastructure that allows an educational environment conducive to superior learning and results results. Are we there yet? No, but are making progress.

EASTON AREA SCHOOL DIRECTORS (City of Easton,Townships of Forks, Palmer, Lower Mt. Bethel)

REGION I Palmer Township Term: 4 years Vote for not more than two

Republican/Democrat Cross-filed

ROBERT FEHNEL D.O.B.: 1955 EDUCATION: Easton High School 1973; Associates degree NCC, 1975. OCCUPATION: Director of Print and Mail Operations for BerkOne QUALIFICATIONS: Being a lifelong resident of the Easton Area and serving 28 years between Easton and Wilson School Boards I have much insight to the educational workings. My professional experience has provided knowledge from construction to finance. RESPONSE: I believe the major facing our district is controlling our costs while continuing to provide a strong education for all students. During the last two years even though taxes were raised we had avoided pulling additional funds from our Fund Balance (Savings Acct,) I plan to improve this process with the expectation of the taxpayers receiving relief from raising taxes to the max year after year, and improving the quality of the educational programs.

BRIAN W. SNYDER http://www.facebook.com/snyder2015 D.O.B: 1969 EDUCATION: B.A. Uviv. of Pittsburgh, 1991; M.S. DeSales Univ. 2004 OCCUPATION: College instructor ( computer science) QUALIFICATIONS: College instructor, 11 years, 2004-current; Current EASD Board member, appointed June 2014; past president St. Andrews Lutheran Church Council (2013); Treasurer, Lehigh Valley Amateur Radio Club (2011-current); nine years of sales and managerial experience. RESPONSE: The biggest challenge will be to negotiate and settle on a teacher's contract that is fair and practical. I will listen to all sides and be sure to be as well informed on the possible financial commitments of any potential contract. Other issues are the need for renovating or replacing Palmer Elementary, successful rollout of the cyber school, and continuing to measure student success.

JODI HESS D.O.B.: 1969 EDUCATION: Easton Area High School, 1987; B.. DeSales University, 2011. OCCUPATION: Project Coordinator, Aesculap, Inc. QUALIFICATIONS: Easton School Director, 4 years; St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Council, 1 year. RESPONSE: One issue is the ongoing financial challenge to find a balance to minimize any increase in taxes while not cutting programs or staff. A few other goals I would like to accomplish would be career education/planning starting in earlier grades and making sure all students feel they can have a safe environment to learn. One key to accomplishing the financial concerns is the reform of taxes and removing non-funded state required standardized testing which puts the financial strain on the district.

REGION II Easton Wards 2,4,5,6,7,8E,8W,9 10,11 &12 Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat
TOM BRUNO

Republican No candidate

REGION III Easton Ward 3, Lower Mt. Bethel Township Independent District, Forks Township Term: 4 years Vote for one

Republican/Democrat Cross-filed

BILLIE L. WEISS

NAZARETH AREA SCHOOL DIRECTORS (Boroughs of Nazareth, Stockertown, Tatamy; Townships of Upper Nazareth, Lower Nazareth, Bushkill)

REGION I Bushkill Township, Tatamy Borough & portion of Palmer Upper West Term: 4 years Vote for not more than two

Republican/Democrat Cross filed

KENNETH N. BUTZ Jr.

JOSEPH T. VASKO

REGION II Lower Nazareth Township & Upper Nazareth Eastern District Term: 4 years Vote for one

No candidates

REGION III Nazareth1,2,3, Stockertown Borough, Upper Nazareth Western Division Term: 4 years Vote for one

Democrat/Republican Cross filed

JERRY E. TREON

NORTHAMPTON AREA SCHOOL DIRECTORS

REGION I Allen and Lehigh Townships Term: 4 years

Republican/Democrat Cross filed
ROBERT MENTZELL

Republican
JENNIFER MILLER

REGION II Borough of Northampton and East Allen Township Term: 4 years Vote for one

Republican/Democrat Cross filed

MICHAEL BAIRD

REGION III Boroughs of Chapman and Bath and Moore Township Term: 4 years Vote for one

Republican/Democrat Cross filed

JIM CHUSS No response

DAVID GOGEL D.O.B.: 1951 EDUCATION: Graduate of Slatington High School, 1969; Lehigh County Community College, 1972; Kutztown State 1974; various courses since. OCCUPATION: Owner, D. Gogel's Auto Parts, Inc. QUALIFICATIONS: I have been in business since 1981, 34 years; Member of School Board for 12 years; President of Board for the last 7 years; Planning Commission of Moore Township for 12 years; member of Moore Twp. Lions Club since 1984. RESPONSE: Trying to save the taxpayers money; Contracts, labor costs, state and federal mandates as well as controlling health and pension costs. Building improvements and educational improvements; keep asking questions and determine how the money is being spent.

PEN ARGYL AREA SCHOOL DIRECTORS Boroughs of Pen Argyl & Wind Gap, Plainfield Township

REGION I Pen Argyl Borough Term: 4 years Vote for one

Republican/Democrat
BRYAN D. SCOTT

Term: 2 years Vote for one Republican/Democrat

BRYAN TRINKLEY

REGION II Plainfield Township Term: 4 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat/Republican
CHRISTOPHER GRAHAM

DARRIN R. EVANS

REGION III Wind Gap Borough Term: 4 years Vote for not more than two

Democrat/Republican

JOHN DALLY Jr.

DOMENIC B. MARTINO

SAUCON VALLEY DIRECTOR AT LARGE Borough of Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township Term: 4 years; Vote for not more than five

Democrat/Republican Cross-filed

BRYAN EICHFELD

LINDA LEEWRIGHT

SUSAN BAXTER

MARK W. SIVAK

MICHAEL J. KARABIN

WILSON AREA (Boroughs of Glendon, West Easton, Wilson; Williams Township)

REGION I 1st and 2nd Wards of Wilson Borough Term: 4 years; Vote for not more than two

Democrat
ADESH ODYSSEY

Democrat/Republican Cross-filed
JANIS E. KRIEGER

REGION II 3rd Ward of Wilson, Glendon & West Easton Boroughs Term: 4 years Vote for one

Republican/Democrat Cross-filed
CHARLES MARSTELLER

REGION III Williams Township Term: 4 years Vote for not more than two

Republican/Democrat Cross-filed

JUDITH A. HERBSTREITH

MICHAEL BRYANT